Leaders of Russia, Ukraine say ceasefire holding, more steps needed

September 6, 2014 4:33 PM

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Leaders of Russia, Ukraine say ceasefire holding, more steps needed

KIEV/DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) - The presidents of Russia and Ukraine said on Saturday that a ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists was holding up fairly well and they discussed urgent humanitarian aid for the shattered region.

Residents and combatants in eastern Ukraine welcomed the respite in a five-month conflict that has killed at least 2,600 people but said they did not expect it to last. They also each accused the enemy of using the truce to rebuild their forces.

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